Hundreds of families cheered on Bernice King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as she said that Trayvon Martin's death and George Zimmerman's acquittal were a wake-up call for Americans.
"This is about the unfinished work of my father," King said. "I'm hoping that this will be the beginning of a new season and a new chapter for people of goodwill because we've been asleep at the wheel, so to speak."
King and those families gathered at the Mount Ephraim Baptist Church in Atlanta, at a town hall meeting hosted by V103, to talk about the verdict, and what it means for the community. King said she believes her father would have been heartbroken to hear of Zimmerman's acquittal.
"He would definitely be calling for dignity and discipline as we try to deal with all of the barrage of emotions," King said. "If our goal is change and transformation, we can't get to that through violent means. We can only get to that through nonviolent means.
Parents like Sonji and Terry Campbell, who have a son in McDonough, came to get advice on how to keep their teen safe.
"I have a 17-year-old son that I am very fearful to have leave the house at this point," Sonji Campbell said. "It's scary to know that if he leaves the house, he can be murdered just because of the color of his skin."
Panelists told parents to have serious conversations with their children about how to react in a situation where they are threatened and about how what you post on social media is a reflection of who you are.
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